Washington, F&M to meet in play-in matches

Kent County News - - SPORTS -

LAN­CASTER, PA. — Washington and Franklin & Mar­shall will face off this week in the open­ing round of the Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence ten­nis tour­na­ments for men and women. There should be no sur­prises as the teams ended their reg­u­lar sea­son here last Satur­day.

Washington’s women (12-5 over­all, 7-3 CC) de­feated F&M, 8-1, to gain the fourth seed and home court for yes­ter­day’s play-in match, while the Shore­men (7-9, 5-4 CC) will travel af­ter ab­sorb­ing a 9-0 loss to the Diplo­mats in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale.

Top-seeded Johns Hop­kins awaits the win­ners of the play-in matches and will host the semi­fi­nal and fi­nal rounds. The Blue Jays — both men and women — are heav­ily fa­vored in the poll of con­fer­ence coaches to cap­ture their 12th straight Cen­ten­nial cham­pi­onships.

Johns Hop­kins’ No. 23-ranked women are 11-8 over­all, while JHU’s men, ranked 24th na­tion­ally, are 15-3 on the sea­son.

Both pro­grams fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son un­beaten in con­fer­ence play for the 12th straight year.

In last week’s reg­u­lar-sea­son match-up at F&M, Washington’s women took a 2-1 lead af­ter dou­bles and coasted to an up­set of the Dips, who came into the match with a higher rank­ing in the At­lantic South re­gion.

The clos­est con­test was at No. 5 sin­gles, where Shore fresh­man Sarah Bruno ral­lied from a shutout in the first set to edge Alex Collins, 0-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Se­nior Julie Lazer (15-2) at No. 1 and se­nior Rachel Martinez (10-4) at No. 2 each put up a love set.

Washington won five of the six sin­gles matches in straight sets.

Lazer and Martinez won dou­bles, 8-3, to im­prove to dual matches.

Washington’s other point came from the fresh­man duo of Ella Samer and Ri­ley Katz­man, who dropped only two games. They are 10-6 this spring.

F&M en­ters the tour­na­ment at 6-4 in the con­fer­ence and 9-7 over­all. at first 11-3 in

Swarth­more (10-7 over­all) is the sec­ond seed with a 9-1 record in the Cen­ten­nial and Haver­ford (12-3 over­all) is the third seed at 8-2 in con­fer­ence play.

In the men’s match, Washington won only one set. Se­nior Justin Panepinto took the first set from Will Sa­muels at five, 6-2, but won only one game in the sec­ond set. The point was de­ter­mined by a 10-6 su­per­breaker af­ter Panepinto and Sa­muels split sets.

F&M (9-8) fin­ished ence matches.

No. 16-ranked Swarth­more (12-11, 8-1 CC) and Haver­ford (11-6, 7-2 CC) are seeded sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively, in the Cen­ten­nial tour­na­ment. 6-3 in con­fer-

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